The AGM for me is not just the Annual General Meeting, but time for Another Grayling Mission (weather permitting). By AGM day the snow had gone, the water had cleared and the sun was shining, but it was still extremely cold.
Things were very lean to start with, the only signs of life being snipe and cormorants, the latter having suspiciously fat stomachs for the time of year.
Fishing continued to be slow, with just the odd ‘take’ from weed or bottom to keep the interest going. Finally a quick lift as the nymph stopped and this time it was a fish, fighting hard in the current. Back it went, soon followed by several others, with the two best fish close to 2lbs. I might have had more, but it is hard to fish with the line frozen in the rings and both hands in your pockets to protect them from the biting north wind.
Now it’s your turn to get back out in the cold!
All the best,
The Club is a private one, founded in 1877, of approximately sixty-four members and six Town Rod subscribers. The Club’s waters consist of about 12 miles of wild brown trout & grayling fishing in the main River Frome, River Cerne and River Piddle, together with attendant carriers and side streams. The waters extend both above and below the town of Dorchester and the Club employs a part-time keeper.
The Angling Trust's guidance for anglers during this second lockdown. Fish safely, locally and respect the ‘rule of two’ during lockdown Click Here :-- Advice for Individual Anglers
Day Tickets are only available during the trout season and only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Bank Holidays. (season 1st April – 14th October)
The Police have made it quite clear that poaching is a crime in progress covered by the 1968 Theft Act. Members should always call 999 to report it and not phone the keeper. Without a report the police will not be aware of the extent of a problem.
If possible note or photo vehicles.
Stress if you are vulnerable/elderly or at risk of intimidation..
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Angling’s representative body, the Angling Trust, has a web site for anglers to record sightings of cormorants, goosanders and mergansers throughout the UK: www.cormorantwatch.com The site is easy to use and will gather vital data to help persuade government of the need for action to protect fisheries.
Invasive plants and animals can carry diseases that kill fish, block waterways and banks, interfering with fishing. They can be small and hard to spot, so are easily spread on damp clothing and equipment.
Protect the environment and fishing you enjoy, by keeping your kit free of invasive plants and animals.
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